Chocolate chip banana muffins made with just one banana! This small batch of banana muffins is perfect for using the last super ripe banana in the bunch!

banana chocolate chip muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I’ve always got one lonely brown banana on my counter. If I had a band, I would name it One Brown Banana, and the cover art would capture the loneliness, of course!

I buy a big bunch of bananas for the week, and between my baby banana pancakes in my baby breakfast ideas rotation and my double chocolate banana muffins, most are gone quickly! Speaking of, I should really add to my baby breakfast ideas recipe collection, because I’ve been experimenting a lot lately.

Since we’re only using 1 banana, this recipe makes a small batch of banana muffins; 6 muffins, to be exact!

banana muffin ingredients

Small batch banana muffins ingredients:

  • one lonely banana, the more brown spots the better. Completely brown is fine, too!
  • 1 large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • any flavorless oil, such as canola, avocado or grapeseed oil
  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • granulated sugar
  • chocolate chips, of course!

I almost always have all of these ingredients on hand, which means I can have banana chocolate chip muffins anytime! Any chocolate chips are fine here–dark, semisweet, milk or even white chocolate chips! If you’re low on chocolate chips, chop up a 3 ounce chocolate bar.

six banana muffins with one banana

This is a perfect recipe for baking with kids, because everything comes together in one bowl. I’ve found that kids do better with small batch recipes in the kitchen, because they lose interest after scooping just a few cookies or muffins out. Small batch recipes also create less mess in the kitchen when cooking with kids, too!

If you want to reduce the sugar a bit in this recipe for kids, you absolutely can. Similarly, if you’re baking egg-free, simply replace the egg with 1/3 cup of applesauce. If you always bake without eggs, you need my eggless banana bread recipe and my chocolate chip cookies without eggs, too!

Next time you have a craving for banana muffins, grab one banana and make this recipe! I know you’re going to ask, so let me say YES, you can easily double it, too.

Yield: 6

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

banana chocolate chip muffins

Chocolate chip banana muffin recipe made with just one banana.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 large very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flavorless oil*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips.


    1. Preheat the oven to 350, and line a muffin pan with 6 cups.

    2. In a large bowl, mash the banana very well with a fork until it's smooth. Mash it very well until it's almost liquid, not lumpy.

    3. Next, whisk in the sugar, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Whisk very well until combined.

    4. In the same bowl, sprinkle the flour, baking soda, and salt on top. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.

    5. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips, saving a few for the top of the muffins.

    6. Divide the batter between the muffin cups evenly, and sprinkle chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

    7. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the muffins are done. They're done when they spring back when pressed gently on the top.

    8. Move the muffins to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before serving.


*Flavorless oil can be canola oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil. Coconut oil is awesome here, too, though it does have a flavor.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Other one banana recipes:

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

One Banana Bread

Banana Sheet Cake (uses 1 cup of mashed banana)

Vegan Banana Muffins

Banana Pudding for Two